Illuminate LA

Illuminate graphics designed by David Hernandez, Taller Para Nosotros.

Illuminate LA is a new Department of Arts and Culture initiative that sheds light on the collective and complex history and memory of LA County by exploring the County’s Civic Art Collection and public artworks across the region. With panel discussions, events, and artist engagements, Illuminate LA will uplift promising practices and examples of civic art in Los Angeles and beyond that support greater cultural equity and inclusion, and expand opportunities for diverse artists underrepresented in public art.

This Fall, Arts and Culture will launch the initiative with a three-part series of panels and arts-based civic engagements focused on Grand Park’s civic artworks, and the histories and cultural memories that are sited in and around the park campus. The events, designed and produced by cultural organizer Anuradha Vikram of Curative Projects, will examine how Grand Park’s 20th century monuments relate to 21st century Angelenos, what histories and cultural memories are not included in the physical spaces and objects of downtown Los Angeles, and create opportunities to acknowledge, honor, and recover those missing memories through site-based and artist-led projects.

Illuminate LA Calendar


Artist Reflections on Monuments and Public Space - Audio Tours

Alan Nakagawa

Alan Nakagawa is an interdisciplinary artist with archiving tendencies, primarily working with sound, often incorporating various media and working with communities and their histories.

Sebastian Hernandez

Sebastian Hernandez is an LA based multi-disciplinary trans femme artist working through feminist, queer, indigenous, and gender theoretical frameworks as well as notions of collectivity to generate works that shift and complicate Mexican and Chicano narratives.


Virtual Panel recordings

Current State of Monuments Virtual Panel

View a recording of this panel on Youtube.

Artist Reflections on Monuments and Public Space

View a recording of this panel on Youtube.